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I ran a VIN that I know has an accident on both the CarFax and AutoCheck and this site said the vehicle was accident free. It also lacked most of the registration and title history.

This site might be good as a free preliminary screening tool when looking at a car, but it is no substitute for CarFax and AutoCheck.
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incorrect- my VIN fail to report one accident- used the culprit insurance so information should have been available to them- present on carrfax.
good for recall notification
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incorrect- my VIN fail to report one accident- used the culprit insurance so information should have been available to them- present on carrfax.
good for recall notification
The best place to go for recalls is:

https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls
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I ran a VIN that I know has an accident on both the CarFax and AutoCheck and this site said the vehicle was accident free. It also lacked most of the registration and title history.

This site might be good as a free preliminary screening tool when looking at a car, but it is no substitute for CarFax and AutoCheck.
My car had serious front end damage thanks to deer that jump out. GEICO paid a little over $11,000 for the repair which was performed at my Mercedes dealer's own collision repair center.(which only works on Mercedes vehicles) Most of the cost came from the fact that the frame had to be straightened on big autobody straightening machine.(or whatever it was called) That was almost 7 years ago.

When I checked CarFax at the same Mercedes dealership last year, it showed my car as accident free. CarFax showed nothing. It was even stranger that the dealership had no record of the accident, considering that their only Mercedes collision center repaired it. I was planning to trade or sell at the time, but in the end, I kept the car because it was still running great.(still does today)

When a new huge CarMax(used car chain) opened up in my town, I drove there just to see if they could tell. CarFax didn't show anything again, which was not surprising... but two employees who examined the car carefully gave me an extremely high quote. Since I wasn't actually plan to sell, I asked them why the huge accident didn't make a dent in the quote... they responded that they saw no evidence of accidents. When I showed them pictures if the big collision on my phone, they were kind of shocked. They retracted the quote and said they would not be able to buy my car.... so... what if I kept my mouth shut and said nothing? (again, made no difference to me, since I wasn't actually plan to sell... just wanted to see if their "experts" can tell that the car was once so badly damaged)

That's why I do NOT trust CarFax or any service like that. Frown
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My car had serious front end damage thanks to deer that jump out. GEICO paid a little over $11,000 for the repair which was performed at my Mercedes dealer's own collision repair center.(which only works on Mercedes vehicles) Most of the cost came from the fact that the frame had to be straightened on big autobody straightening machine.(or whatever it was called) That was almost 7 years ago.

When I checked CarFax at the same Mercedes dealership last year, it showed my car as accident free. CarFax showed nothing. It was even stranger that the dealership had no record of the accident, considering that their only Mercedes collision center repaired it. I was planning to trade or sell at the time, but in the end, I kept the car because it was still running great.(still does today)

When a new huge CarMax(used car chain) opened up in my town, I drove there just to see if they could tell. CarFax didn't show anything again, which was not surprising... but two employees who examined the car carefully gave me an extremely high quote. Since I wasn't actually plan to sell, I asked them why the huge accident didn't make a dent in the quote... they responded that they saw no evidence of accidents. When I showed them pictures if the big collision on my phone, they were kind of shocked. They retracted the quote and said they would not be able to buy my car.... so... what if I kept my mouth shut and said nothing? (again, made no difference to me, since I wasn't actually plan to sell... just wanted to see if their "experts" can tell that the car was once so badly damaged)

That's why I do NOT trust CarFax or any service like that. Frown
Doesn't Carfax only work if the dealership/repair shop reports it to them? So if they don't report it, it "didn't happen" theoretically. :\
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My car had serious front end damage thanks to deer that jump out. GEICO paid a little over $11,000 for the repair which was performed at my Mercedes dealer's own collision repair center.(which only works on Mercedes vehicles) Most of the cost came from the fact that the frame had to be straightened on big autobody straightening machine.(or whatever it was called) That was almost 7 years ago.

When I checked CarFax at the same Mercedes dealership last year, it showed my car as accident free. CarFax showed nothing. It was even stranger that the dealership had no record of the accident, considering that their only Mercedes collision center repaired it. I was planning to trade or sell at the time, but in the end, I kept the car because it was still running great.(still does today)

When a new huge CarMax(used car chain) opened up in my town, I drove there just to see if they could tell. CarFax didn't show anything again, which was not surprising... but two employees who examined the car carefully gave me an extremely high quote. Since I wasn't actually plan to sell, I asked them why the huge accident didn't make a dent in the quote... they responded that they saw no evidence of accidents. When I showed them pictures if the big collision on my phone, they were kind of shocked. They retracted the quote and said they would not be able to buy my car.... so... what if I kept my mouth shut and said nothing? (again, made no difference to me, since I wasn't actually plan to sell... just wanted to see if their "experts" can tell that the car was once so badly damaged)

That's why I do NOT trust CarFax or any service like that. Frown
Then what is your other option because there doesn't seem to be another
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Doesn't Carfax only work if the dealership/repair shop reports it to them? So if they don't report it, it "didn't happen" theoretically. :\
Exactly. Insurance and police reports.
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Then what is your other option because there doesn't seem to be another
Get an experienced used car buyer to examine the car for you. It will not be free, obviously.
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Doesn't Carfax only work if the dealership/repair shop reports it to them? So if they don't report it, it "didn't happen" theoretically. :\
Yeah... that was kind of my point. Not everybody(including Mercedes dealers and Mercedes-operated collision centers report big accidents)... guess they have no incentive to. It doesn't benefit them financially and they are not legally required to do so.
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Yeah... that was kind of my point. Not everybody(including Mercedes dealers and Mercedes-operated collision centers report big accidents)... guess they have no incentive to. It doesn't benefit them financially and they are not legally required to do so.
Aye...
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Buy paint meter, solve a lot of problems
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Aye...
on top of that, GEICO didn't report it to nobody.

The stupid deer didn't have insurance, so it was also not reported to the deer population. Frown (but I guess I shouldn't speak ill of the dead deer)
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